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The Nighthawks Jacks & Kings Vol. 1 & 2

Jacks & Kings Vol. 1 & 2
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(1977 'Adelphi') (72:03/20) Special guests: GUITAR Jr. JOHNSON, PINETOP PERKINS, BOB... more

The Nighthawks: Jacks & Kings Vol. 1 & 2

(1977 'Adelphi') (72:03/20) Special guests: GUITAR Jr. JOHNSON, PINETOP PERKINS, BOB MARGOLIN, etc..

Article properties: The Nighthawks: Jacks & Kings Vol. 1 & 2

  • Interpret: The Nighthawks

  • Album titlle: Jacks & Kings Vol. 1 & 2

  • Genre Blues

  • Label GENES

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0722485412023

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Nighthawks, The - Jacks & Kings Vol. 1 & 2 CD 1
01 For You My Love
02 Come Baby
03 Love Me Or Leave Me
04 Dust My Broom
05 Sugar Mama
06 The Sky Is Cryin'
07 Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
08 Floyd's Guitar Blues
09 Walkin' By Myself
10 Little Queenie
11 Born In Chicago
12 Anna Lee
13 Two Bugs & A Roach
14 Lickin' Gravy
15 Sea Cruise
16 Nervous Breakdown
17 Rockin' The Boogie
18 After Hours
19 Mother-In-Law
20 Gotta Get My Baby Back
The Nighthawks (Robert Nighthawk) Until his disciple Earl Hooker came to prominence, it's... more
"The Nighthawks"

The Nighthawks (Robert Nighthawk)

Until his disciple Earl Hooker came to prominence, it's unlikely any blues slide guitarist developed a cleaner, lighter, more melodic touch than Robert Nighthawk. He started out recording in the pre-war era as Robert Lee McCoy, but that wasn't his real name either. He was born Robert Lee McCollum (or McCullum) in Helena, Arkansas on November 30, 1909.

Robert got started playing guitar late, at approximately 21. His first instrument was harmonica before his cousin, Houston Stackhouse, tutored him on guitar. But he was a fast learner. Bluebird signed him in 1937; he made his recording debut in Aurora, Illinois, on the same May day as Sonny Boy Williamson. By then, he'd changed his handle to McCoy after fleeing the south following a murky shooting incident that compelled him to take up residence in St. Louis.

One of McCoy's songs that day was called Prowling Night-Hawk, the inspiration for his most enduring alias. There were a couple more Bluebird dates and a 1940 Decca session as Peetie's Boy before the war upended recording activities. Nomadic Robert ended up back in Helena for a time, broadcasting his pungent blues over KFFA for Bright Star Flour in direct competition with the second Sonny Boy Williamson's 'King Biscuit Time' program.

Muddy Waters recommended his old friend Robert, who had by this time gone electric, to Leonard Chess. Nighthawk cut for him in late 1948 and again on July 12, 1949, when the day's itinerary included the chilling Black Angel Blues, pianist Ernest Lane and bassist Willie Dixon providing splendidly sparse accompaniment. The song harked back to 1930 and rough-edged classic blues singer Lucille Bogan (though Nighthawk was probably more familiar with fellow slide master Tampa Red’s 1934 version), and in 1956 B.B. King would score a solid R&B hit with it as Sweet Little Angel. Aristocrat—the label Leonard Chess was associated with prior to his own self-named firm—issued it as by The Nighthawks. The other side, Annie Lee Blues, made a chart dent—Robert's only fleeting moment in the national spotlight.

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois


Electric Blues 1939-2005. - The Definitive Collection!

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